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1979 - J.M. Dent

After travelling on the HMS Beagle for five years (1831-1836) collecting biological samples and fossils, Charles Darwin returned home to England to proceed with the monumental task of cataloguing and reporting on his findings, and if that was not enough he also began work on his "hobby" which was developing his theory about natural selection.

On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle of Life was first published 150 years ago on 24 November 1859 after more than 20 years of work. His work has become the basis for modern evolutionary science and this book is simply one of the most influential publications in history.

Scientists, students, general readers and collectors alike seek On the Origin of Species - prized first edition copies from 1859 have sold on AbeBooks for up to £6,700 and the book still appears among the bestsellers after 150 years.




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